Hi folks. Long time lurker, first time poster. I'm aware of the negative reputation Invicta has among the WISs out there, particularly their Sub-style models, but hear me out or press the back button in your browser.
I received an Amazon gift card last week, so I debated finally snagging an Orient Mako. However, I was curious enough after hearing reports of the Invicta 8926OB shipping with the hacking, hand-winding NH35A movement that I decided to take a chance on that instead. Wow, am I glad I did! It arrived this afternoon, and mine indeed shipped with the NH35A movement. The fit and finish is gorgeous. I sized it and hand wound the guy up with the crown... winding felt pretty good. Set the time, it indeed hacks, and the crown movement feels very smooth while advancing the time. The cyclops magnification seems to be around 2.0x, which seems to be an improvement from older models of the 8926 based on what I've seen online. It's been keeping perfect time so far, and it looks even more stunning than in photos I've seen online. I actually really like the polished center links, and the end links, while hollow, are definitely nicer than other hollow end links I've had. I don't get any rattle from them. The clasp is not the greatest, but overall the bracelet is much higher quality than what you'll get on a Seiko 5, or something like the Seiko Solar SNE039 which is also in the same price range. The bezel rotation is tight but perfectly useable. The lume is about the only real weakness I see so far. It just doesn't compare to my Seikos, but it is serviceable for a while with eyes adjusted to the dark. Potential customer service issues and sample variation aside, IMO this has to be the highest quality automatic available for under $100, even better than my SNK809, which I adore and wear all the time. A hacking, hand-winding, accurate, 200m diver with gorgeous aesthetics and good build quality for around $80? Awesome. I snapped a few quick pictures of it. They don't do it justice, of course, but I tried to get a clear shot of the NH35A movement at least.